February 28, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:38 PM
Police unsurprisingly are not very enthusiastic about the proposal to rename a Chicago street after Fred Hampton, a Black Panther leader who advocated violence against police officers.
Mark Donahue, President of the Fraternal Order of Police, said it is a "dark day" when Chicago sees fit to honor a character like Hampton. However, Alderman Madeline Haithcock, who sponsored the measure, asserts that the Black Panthers — an organization devoted to violent hatred of Caucasians — deserve honors because they fought against "racism."
Look forward to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal having an airport named after him once his richly deserved execution takes place — assuming he doesn't die of old age first.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:40 PM
Lately Germany has been fertile ground for moonbattery — yet there have been encouraging signs that a change could be in the air. The election of Angela Merkel was one. Another is the counterprotest that was planned against Cindy Sheehan, who has taken her traveling circus to Europe to harass and demoralize our troops there.
The Ditch Witch had planned a demonstration outside Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and Ramstein Air Base on March 11. German writer Stefan Prystawik organized opposition to this tasteless stunt.
"First of all, it's completely inappropriate to instrumentalize the troops here particularly, and above all, those who have suffered severe injuries and are at the hospital," said Prystawik. "They are coming here with an attitude to deliberately demoralize troops who just got back or are going to go back [to Iraq]."
Now it seems that Mother Moonbat is sounding the retreat. Amid a bunch of blather about the "industrial military complex," she seems to be calling off the Code Pink–style hospital assault. As Prystawik puts it:
Her handlers have decided that mocking wounded soldiers might not play too well even in our one party media.
Could it be that the world's tolerance for this wretched woman is starting to wear a little thin?
Hat tip: Blogmeister USA
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:25 PM
Al Gore has yet another accomplishment to add to his resume. In association with Something... and Half of Something, Moonbattery has named him February 2006 Moonbat of the Month™.
The award is in recognition of the extreme moonbattery Prince Albert displayed in Jeddah (home town of Osama bin Laden), where he told the mostly Saudi audience at a conference funded in part by Osama bin Laden's family that the US government "indiscriminately rounded up" Arabs after 9/11 and held them in "unforgivable" conditions, inflicting "terrible abuses" on them.
Needless to say, it doesn't take much to get Muslims worked up against the West these days. The next time they launch a terrorist strike murdering thousands of Americans, they can thank Gore for assisting in their recruiting efforts, as well as for providing some moral justification from the point of view of anyone who doesn't know better than to take prominent Democrats seriously.
Hats off to al-Gore — thankfully he didn't get to be President, but he does get to be Moonbat of the Month™!
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:43 AM
Hasan Bokhari, Cultural Advisor to the Iranian Education Ministry, has made some interesting revelations about the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons that kids have been watching since 1939.
According to Bokhari, the cartoons were created by "the Jewish Walt Disney Company" in order to rehabilitate the image of mice, in response to the term "dirty mice" being applied to Jews.
"It should be noted that mice are very cunning...and dirty," Bokhari opines. "No ethnic group or people operates in such a clandestine manner as the Jews."
The cartoons are evidence of just how cunning those sneaky Jews can be:
Tom and Jerry was made in order to display the exact opposite image. If you happen to watch this cartoon tomorrow, bear in mind the points I have just raised, and watch it from this perspective. The mouse is very clever and smart. Everything he does is so cute. He kicks the poor cat's ass. Yet this cruelty does not make you despise the mouse. He looks so nice, and he is so clever... This is exactly why some say it was meant to erase this image of mice from the minds of European children, and to show that the mouse is not dirty and has these traits.
Actually, "Tom and Jerry" was created not by Walt Disney but by Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera for MGM. But let's not let facts get in the way of an entertaining conspiracy.
February 27, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:13 PM
Attention liberals: Afraid that our leftist educational system and the PC slant to TV kiddy shows might not ensure that your young ones develop the proper political orientation? Worried that insidious notions like individual liberty, personal responsibility, or even patriotism might take root in their impressionable minds? Try feeding them a little of this:
Thom Hartmann of Air America Radio loves Jeremy Zilber's Why Mommy Is a Democrat, raving:
A marvelous and child-friendly introduction to the values of Democrats.
(For a less child-friendly introduction to the values of Democrats, read up on some of Air America's financial activities.)
According to its website, the books uses "non-judgmental language" to express "the Democratic principles of fairness, tolerance, peace, and concern for the well-being of others" as well as to take "numerous subtle (and not-so-subtle) satirical swipes at the Bush administration and the Republican party." Hypocrisy is a difficult skill to master, so get your kids started early.
Some sample pages:
I guess I'm not the only one the Democratic mentality reminds of rodents.
Hat tip: Pompous Windbag
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:27 PM
A moonbat cult calling itself "United for Justice and Peace" is publicly calling for a mob to storm the White House and make political prisoners of our democratically elected leaders.
The revolution is scheduled to take place March 15. After the coup, the "Political Cooperative" plans to install a new government "comprised of people from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and all the organizations that have finally made us aware of the truth of the savage practices and illegal policies of our government in assassinating our own officials as well as people throughout the world..." yadda yadda yadda.
Last I knew, there were laws against planning and/or advocating the violent overthrow of the United States Government. But by now, characters like Jimmy Carter, John Murtha, Al Gore, and John Kerry have pretty much established treason and sedition as acceptable behavior on the part of the Left.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:12 PM
The United Nations is finally making itself useful by offering an excellent job opportunity for serial rapists, particularly those who prefer their victims young. As Dimitri Vassilaros observes at PittsburghLIVE.com,
Most rapists do not get to police their own crime scenes, food to trade for sex, diplomatic immunity and indifference from the people supervising them.
UN peacekeepers have all of these advantages, and the situation won't be changing soon. According to Jordan's UN ambassador Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein, a "culture of dismissiveness" is responsible for the continuing high rate of sexual abuse charges against blue-helmeted peacekeepers, who have a longstanding reputation for using food to bribe hungry children into performing sex acts.
But don't worry, the UN is "working on it," as the saying goes. Peacekeeping chief Jean-Marie Guehenno has announced that a UN program to assist the victims of UN peacekeepers will be proposed soon.
Jordan's al-Hussein estimates it could take 3–4 more years for a reform program to show results. In the meantime, rapists who submit their applications now should have plenty of time to indulge in criminal sexual deviancy.
So far there have been 295 allegations against UN troops and staff, resulting in 170 perpetrators being sent home or dismissed. Considering that the UN has 85,000 people on its staff in over 100 countries, and no one denies that the sexual abuse problem is prevalent, this implies that the chances of even provoking an allegation are remote. The odds of being sent home are slimmer still. The likelihood that child rapists will face appropriate punishment is nil.
Thank you, United Nations, for putting the dead but unburied Abu Ghraib fiasco into perspective.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:30 AM
It would be nice to think the case of Ilan Halimi — who was tortured to death for being Jewish by Muslims in France — was an isolated incident. The media's tendency to avoid any story that doesn't facilitate portraying Muslims in a sympathetic light makes believing this all the easier. Unfortunately it isn't true, as illustrated by Mark Steyn:
Two years ago, a 23-year-old Paris disc jockey called Sebastien Selam was heading off to work from his parents' apartment when he was jumped in the parking garage by his Muslim neighbor Adel. Selam's throat was slit twice, to the point of near-decapitation; his face was ripped off with a fork; and his eyes were gouged out. Adel climbed the stairs of the apartment house dripping blood and yelling, "I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven."
Is that an gripping story? You'd think so. Particularly when, in the same city, on the same night, a Jewish woman was brutally murdered in the presence of her daughter by another Muslim. You've got the making of a mini-trend there, and the media love trends.
Yet no major French newspaper carried the story.
Apparently anti-Semitism prevents many Europeans from getting terribly concerned about what happens to Jews. But as Steyn observes, "The Jews are playing their traditional role of the canaries in history's coal mine." Islam's grudge isn't only with Jews; it's with everyone who hasn't joined their barbaric cult. Steyn quotes a Muslim demonstrating in Toronto the other day:
We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law.
The protests are one tactic. Murdering Jews is another. Flying airliners into office buildings is a third. The underlying strategy is the same: to bully civilization into submission.
As Steyn puts it, it's all about sovereignty — which mealy-mouthed moonbats are helping Muslims to extend:
Islam claims universal jurisdiction and always has. The only difference is that they're now acting upon it. The signature act of the new age was the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran: Even hostile states generally respect the convention that diplomatic missions are the sovereign territory of their respective countries. Tehran then advanced to claiming jurisdiction over the citizens of sovereign states and killing them — as it did to Salman Rushdie's translators and publishers. Now in the cartoon jihad and other episodes, the restraints of Islamic law are being extended piecemeal to the advanced world, by intimidation and violence but also by the usual cooing promotion of a spurious multicultural "respect" by Bill Clinton, the United Church of Canada, European foreign ministers, etc.
To quote Arnold Toynbee, "Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder." If Muslims succeed in killing Western Civilization, it will be because we let them do it.
February 26, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:28 PM
Anyone who still takes moonbats seriously when they bleat about their commitment to freedom of speech might be interested in a recent piece by Catherine Seipp, in which she tells of a friend who went into the City Lights bookstore in San Francisco and asked for "The Force of Reason," by Oriana Fallaci.
"We don't carry books by fascists," the clerk snapped. A call by Seipp confirmed that City Lights will not carry anything by Fallaci.
City Lights is famous for its chest-thumping commitment to freedom of speech. In 1957 its owner Lawrence Ferlinghetti faced down obscenity charges for selling Allen Ginsberg's "Howl." Respectful of this commitment to free expression, Seipp's friend didn't mind having to walk past a prominent display of books by Ward "Little Eichmanns" Churchill to get into the store.
But apparently this bold devotion to the free exchange of even the most obnoxious ideas does not extend to Fallaci, who has gone so far as to suggest that Western Civilization ought to resist the Islamic conquest that is proceeding at such a terrifying pace in Europe.
The hypocrisy of those who would silence her calling Fallaci a "fascist" is astonishing. During World War II she fought fascists as a partisan. The Left hates her precisely because she has been a devoted and heroic enemy of the Islamic version of fascism that is threatening to extinguish European civilization. Unlike your average snotty bookstore clerk, Fallaci has paid a price for her commitment to the truth. An Italian court actually sentenced her to jail time for criticizing Islam.
If Fallaci and her courageous kind fail, and Sharia is one day imposed on the West, it will obviously spell absolute doom for the gays and feminists whose interests are so sanctimoniously advocated by the sort of moonbats who would call her a fascist.
But let's not confuse the issue, which is really quite simple: Western Civilization and anyone who would defend it are bad. Every other principle advocated by the Left is window dressing, and will be discarded as soon as it gets in the way.
As Fallaci quoted Pope Benedict XVI in an interview with OpinionJournal:
The West reveals . . . a hatred of itself, which is strange and can only be considered pathological; the West . . . no longer loves itself; in its own history, it now sees only what is deplorable and destructive, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure.
In other words, the West has been crippled by moonbattery. This has left us too weak to fend off external evils. Islam is just an opportunistic infection. The underlying disease is the mentality Seipp's friend encountered at City Lights.
Hat tip: Ace of Trump
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:42 PM
The Southern Cemetery in Calais, France used to serve as a memorial to British soldiers who died liberating France from the Nazis. But a new wave of invaders has converted it to another purpose: public toilet.
Immigrants from the Middle East and Africa use the area as a launching pad to carry their invasion from France to the United Kingdom. They wait in makeshift camps for opportunities to sneak onto trucks to get them across the English Channel.
Their contempt for the culture they are in the process of displacing naturally extends to the memorial cemetery they have converted into an open-air toilet. As one immigrant puts it, "It is just an old museum and a park to commemorate a battle that was long ago. We need somewhere to sleep and to go to the toilet while we wait to get into Britain."
British moonbattery has invited the invasion. Amesh from Afghanistan explains:
Most of us have applied for asylum already in other European countries but the British are soft and let you stay. ... We email our friends in Britain and they tell us to throw away our identity papers. They also tell us which outlawed groups to say we belong to so the British believe our lives are in danger and won't send us back to our home countries. I have a friend in a B & B in Hastings and he tells me he gets fried eggs and toast and bacon and sausages every morning for breakfast and a nice hotel room with a sea view.
"The problem is there are no toilet facilities at this war grave," says Peter Francis of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. "We cannot lock the shelter as war graves are designed to be visited so people can understand the price paid for the freedom we enjoy."
We had better enjoy this freedom while we can, because today's primarily Muslim invaders have no more respect for it than the Nazis did. Unfortunately it looks like they'll be around a lot longer — possibly longer than we will.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
February 25, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:58 AM
The same Muslim "youths" who have flexed their muscles by setting thousands of cars ablaze in France have a new feather in their cap: the punishment of Ilan Halimi, who was found guilty of being Jewish.
Halimi was tortured for 25 days for this crime. The kidnappers would call up his family and read them verses from the Koran while he screamed in the background. After they finally let him go, he was found naked and handcuffed, stumbling down train tracks south of Paris, with burns and bruises over 80% of his body. He died on the way to the hospital.
Halimi's 3+ weeks of torture occurred in one of the many "no-go" areas that Muslims have carved out in Europe — areas in which the police cannot operate freely. Welfare checks go in and violence comes out; that is the extent of these areas' interaction with the European society around them.
The gang that committed the torture-murder fittingly calls itself the Barbarians. Its core consists of Muslims with roots in Africa.
Our pro-Muslim MSM may try to spin this as a simple crime motivated by money, but the kidnappers never appeared to be serious about collecting ransom. Even the thoroughly dhimmified Washington Post was willing to quote Ilan's mother, Ruth Halimi, as stating the obvious fact that "If Ilan hadn't been Jewish he wouldn't have been murdered."
The New York Sun goes farther, quoting a police source as stating that the kidnappers' "behavior was very different from what is usually expected from abductors motivated by greed," and that one of the kidnappers admitted to putting out cigarettes on Halimi's face "because he didn't like Jews."
Guess what? It's not just Jews they don't like. Unless you're a Muslim, they don't like you either.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Le Monde — which they refer to as "the voice of the French establishment" — as calling Halimi's murder "a crime of an era, a sort of looking glass onto the true state of our society."
True enough — and we're not just talking about French society. Let's hope people have the courage to realize it.
Islam is not just another flavor in the multicultural variety pack. It is evil. It offers a stark choice: convert to it, submit to it, or be willing to die fighting it. If Western Civilization hasn't been rotted away by moonbattery to the point that it no longer deserves to exist, it will choose the latter.
February 24, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:16 PM
When it comes to the slippery slope of abortion, Holland remains at the forefront. The country that brought us the Groningen Protocol, which allows what you might euphemistically call "postnatal abortions," is now considering imposing abortion by force.
Although the initial targets would be the children of Antilleans and Arubans (which Hitler might have considered a good idea), the policy would inevitably end up being applied to everyone. This would help maintain Holland's preeminent position in the ongoing suicide of the West by expediting the depopulation of Europe, thereby facilitating its absorption into the Islamic world.
Of course, liberals only want to kill children because they know what's best for them. Rotterdam health official Alderman Marianne van den Anker, who is calling for consideration of forced abortion and contraception, has determined that children from certain groups run an "unacceptable risk" of growing up in an environment characterized by "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse."
So you see, aborting babies isn't killing the future. It's just putting the future out of its misery.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:46 AM
If you spin the radio dial in the vicinity of New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Berkeley, or Houston and hear someone who seems to have been mixing cocaine with amphetamines explaining at 11 words per second that Halliburton blew up the World Trade Center as part of a racist scheme to impose heterosexuality on spotted owls, chances are you have stumbled upon a member of the Pacifica Radio network, where Bush Derangement Syndrome is taken to a level of paranoid hysteria that can be found nowhere else outside of psychiatric institutions.
You might wonder how a network that spews psychotic anti-American jabberwocky could stay on the air in competitive markets. The answer is as appalling as it is unsurprising: they are handed $1 million per year of OUR MONEY by the Federal Government, courtesy of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
But apparently $1 million isn't enough. NewsBusters reports that Pacifica has kicked off a fund drive offering a new premium to contributors. Give them enough and you'll receive a DVD featuring Hollywood types reading from Howard Zinn's leftist attack on America, Voices of a People's History of the United States. Participating celebs include confirmed moonbats Danny Glover and Viggo Mortensen. The disk also features actress Marisa Tomei doing a dramatic reading of an anti-Bush diatribe by Cindy Sheehan.
Even if you don't feel like coughing up enough cash to get the disk, rest assured you've made your contribution — whether you wanted to or not.
February 23, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:16 PM
Shouting down speakers like Ann Coulter will win you a wink and a nod on college campuses, but the two words "remember Chappaquiddick" can get you in hot water, as Paul Trost recently learned when he shouted them while walking out of a speech by Ted Kennedy at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts.
"Most of the crowd gasped," Trost reports. "Then I walked out of the student center."
Once outside he was accosted by a campus police officer who took down his information and let him know that he would be hearing from school officials regarding disciplinary action. Trost wasn't arrested, and it's not clear what his fate will be.
A teacher called him ignorant and an embarrassment to the school, but combating ignorance was the whole point of Trost's outburst. Evidently some of his less "ignorant" fellow students knew nothing about the negligent homicide of Mary Jo Kopechne that Chappaquiddick Ted got away with by being a Kennedy.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:41 PM
Lawrence Summers isn't the only one at Harvard to help enemies by issuing inappropriate apologies. Dean Judith Kidd has gone past apologizing for the tepid yet infamous Danish cartoons by apologizing to Muslims for not using sufficiently delicate wording when she asked a campus newspaper not to publish them.
Kidd sent an email to the Harvard Salient, warning:
Some segments of the campus and surrounding communities may be sufficiently upset by the publication of the cartoons that they may become dangerous.
Now where would she get that idea?
Muslims declared that Kidd's email was "offensive" and "unacceptable." You see, dhimmis are supposed to submit to Muslim bullying without accidentally hinting that Muslims are bullies.
The Harvard Islamic Society demanded a formal apology. Disgustingly, they got one.
Whimpered Dean Kidd:
I deeply regret that my message made the Muslim community feel characterized as dangerous.
Remember in 1984, when Winston Smith is brainwashed into renouncing his belief that 2+2=4? If he lived in 2006, he would be brainwashed into apologizing to Muslims for "offending" them by having said that 2+2=4 whether Mohammad likes it or not.
Western Civilization is succumbing to a loathsome spiritual disease, the hideous symptoms of which include political correctness and multiculturalism. Muslims are using this disease as leverage to maneuver us into a corner, where we find ourselves basically apologizing for our very existence.
It seems that Muslims, unlike liberals, understand that anything that apologizes for its own existence won't exist for long.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:40 AM
Harvard President Lawrence Summers now has some idea what it must feel like to take the fall in a Stalinist purge. Of course, in a real Stalinist purge, if you get pegged as ideologically impure, you get a bullet in your brain. Luckily for Summers, all he gets is an opportunity to escape from a madhouse. The unlucky ones are those left behind.
Summers resigned having "reluctantly concluded that the rifts between me and segments of the Arts and Sciences faculty make it infeasible for me to advance the agenda of renewal that I see as crucial to Harvard's future."
As OpinionJournal points out:
Those "rifts" included quarrels with a largely left-wing faculty that has about as much intellectual diversity as the Pyongyang parliament. Or, as a group of Harvard protesters so charmingly put it a year or so ago, "Racist, sexist, anti-gay — Larry Summers, you must pay." Only on an American university campus could Mr. Summers, a former Clinton Treasury Secretary, be portrayed as a radical neocon.
Summers's crimes — in the minds of Harvard's Arts and Sciences faculty — include suggesting that Cornel West do some work for a change, expressing concern about the anti-Semitism that is so trendy on the Left these days, putting in a good word for the military, and acknowledging the theory that there are gender differences in math and science aptitude.
This last was the ultimate outrage. As Thomas Lifson notes, "It has now been established that orthodox feminism, not free intellectual inquiry, determines what may be said by the leaders of Harvard." Summers groveled and abased himself afterwards, but by apologizing when he had done nothing wrong, he was only helping to dig his own grave.
Summers was not run out by the university as a whole. As Bloomberg News columnist Amity Shlaes
notes, a poll in the Harvard Crimson just last weekend showed that undergraduates supported him 3 to 1. Summers's enemies were localized on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which demands rigid adherence to its anachronistic flower-child ideology.
Alan Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard for 42 years and hardly a conservative, finds it alarming that this single faculty is proving itself able to impose its fanatical worldview on the rest of the university:
It was arrogant in the extreme for a plurality of a single faculty to purport to speak for the entire university, especially when that plurality is out of synch with the mainstream of Harvard. It was dangerous for the corporation to listen primarily to that faculty, without widely consulting other professors, students, and alumni who supported Summers. Now that this plurality of one faculty has succeeded in ousting the president, the most radical elements of Harvard will be emboldened to seek to mold all of Harvard in its image. If they succeed, Harvard will become a less diverse and less interesting institution of learning governed by political-correctness cops of the hard left. This is what happened in many European universities after the violent student protests of the late 1960s. It should not be allowed to happen at Harvard in the wake of the coup d'etat engineered by some in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
If it is allowed to happen, sooner or later a price will have to be paid. Already people are getting fed up with academia's rejection of conventional reality in favor of the warped Never-Never Land of its bitter leftist dogma. One of the many beauties of the free enterprise system that the liberal intelligentsia holds in such disdain is that it rarely fails to provide alternatives when a demand for them arises. As the academic establishment's reputation continues to deteriorate, look for less ideologically deformed competition to emerge.
Thank you Byron for tips.
February 22, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:55 PM
Compliments of Byron:
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:37 PM
Just how much ideological poison will the leftist creeps who infest our educational system from top to bottom have to pour into developing minds before they succeed in their goal of destroying American civilization from within? Considering how quickly our schools are disintegrating into leftist indoctrination camps, we may be finding out within a generation or so. Walter Williams offers some hair-raising examples in a piece on Townhall.com.
Here's Jay Bennish of Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, educating his pupils on the topic of President Bush's State of the Union address:
Sounds a lot like the things Adolf Hitler used to say. ... Bush is threatening the whole planet. ... [The] U.S. wants to keep the world divided. ...Who is probably the most violent nation on the planet? The United States!
Bennish has also enlightened his 10-graders with assertions that the USA has committed "7,000 terrorist attacks against Cuba" and that "Capitalism is at odds with humanity, at odds with caring and compassion and at odds with human rights." The Communist Manifesto is part of his class's curriculum. He teaches geography.
It doesn't get any better when the kids move on to college. Williams gives a few representative examples from UCLA, where history professor Mary Corey informed her class that "Capitalism isn't a lie on purpose. It's just a lie," and that capitalists "are swine. . . . They're bastard people."
For political and economic analysis, students can refer to Andrew Hewitt, chairman of the Department of Germanic Languages, who told a class that "Bush is a moron, a simpleton, and an idiot," and that "American consumerism is a very unique thing; I don't think anyone else lusts after money in such a greedy fashion."
Economics Professor Rod Swanson would likely agree, having revealed to a class that "The United States of America, backed by facts, is the greediest and most selfish country in the world."
Undergoing politically correct indoctrination isn't always a passive activity at UCLA. Sociology professor Terri Anderson required a class to go cross-dressed in public.
Some very unhealthy seeds are being planted and nurtured by depraved ideologues who hate this country and everything it stands for. There will be a price to be paid for letting it continue: the future.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:54 AM
It has been said that Bill Clinton wants to be the next UN Secretary General. He certainly seems to have the moral qualifications. His politics are about right too, terrifyingly so to judge by a piece in Pakistan's Daily Times:
ISLAMABAD: Former US president Bill Clinton on Friday condemned the publication of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) caricatures by European newspapers and urged countries concerned to convict the publishers.
There has been pressure to use the UN to actually prosecute people for publishing mild cartoons like these, on the grounds that Muslims should have veto power over anything anyone says anywhere. Slick Willie is just about slimy enough to go along with it.
Clinton said he disagreed with the caricatures and that the publication was against religious and ethical norms.
History will long remember Clinton's expertise on the subject of ethical norms.
He said it was the time to promote inter-faith harmony and stand together on the issue.
It's going to be a little difficult to stand together in harmony with this:
A little more of the Man From Hope in Islamabad:
He said the people's religious convictions should be respected at all costs and the media should be disallowed to play with the religious sentiments of other faiths. He said the media could criticise any issue including governments and people, but nobody had the right to play with the sentiments of other faiths.
As Pam M. asks and answers on Blogmeister USA:
I'm sure he also means that the newspapers in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries that regularly run anti-Semitic and anti-Christian cartoons and propaganda should be prosecuted. He must also mean that prominent papers like the New York Times, which have run pictures of Piss Christ and the Madonna covered in elephant dung should be prosecuted, as those images were offensive to Christians in America, right?
Needless to say, the respect for religion that the Left discovered on September 11 does not extend beyond Islam.
Let's hope Pam is wrong that Clinton is sucking up to Muslims in order to get his ducks in a row for the UN slot. It's bad enough knowing our tax dollar finances the slippery lowlife at the UN endlessly knifing our country in the back. Having it orchestrated by an American would make it even worse.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:49 AM
(Milwaukee) Alderman Michael McGee, Jr. says he wants to link Milwaukee with Caracas, Venezuela. He wrote a letter to Venezuelan prsident, Hugo Chavez— a man who recently claimed the U.S. was trying to kill him. Alderman McGee proposes the two become "sister cities." He says the two cities are similar in that they both need to find ways to deal with poverty. He wants to form an economic and cultural relationship between the two cities. People could criticize the letter for its choice of words— and comment about the president of the United States. In it, McGee called President Bush "a terrorist."
Let's hope McGee and his colleagues don't do to Milwaukee what Chavez has done to Caracas.
February 21, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:50 PM
Bloomberg.com reports that Venezuela is launching a program to convert vehicles to run on natural gas in an attempt to free up more gasoline for export.
But... isn't Venezuela swimming in oil? Why would it have to resort to drastic measures in order to save a few drops?
Publius Pundit offers some clues:
Russia the breadbasket ran out of wheat.
Cuba the sugar king ran out of sugar.
Vietnam the rice bowl ran out of rice.
Not to mention Zimbabwe, the former breadbasket of Africa, which now subsists on UN Food Aid — as observed by V the K, who asks, "What is it all of these places have in common?"
If communists ran the North Pole, it would run out of snow.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:34 PM
Metrospy has managed to tone down the ferocity of some of the emails they're getting by posting the messages along with sender information on their site.
Some of Metrospy's hate mail is pretty funny. Some of it isn't. A few examples:
These T-shirts of prophet Mohammed is not acceptable. Please take it a way. This is like invitation for terorists to attack your country. Islam is very peacful relgion.
These pictures are about a leader of religion, pressing pictures on t shirts means that you will conflict with all muslims you. Could not think healtly you are very silly. I am from Turkey, I know that you are producing t-shirts which have the pictures of our the Prophet Muhammad. We are very angry and we want you to stop this work. Becouse you are making fun with our sacred. This is very dangerous, be careful.
Could you tell us why are you doing that to Muslims...!!!! Most of you are gays and your sisters are lebians. Your moms too....This is your civilisation...I thing -- Bye!!
We will kill you and burn your shop in shaa allah. I am a moslim and i have force at usa.
Will you stop??? We are coming *sshole. You are dead do you know this.
Do you know what? F*ck you! Cuz its not good to use feelings and make people kill themselves with selling these silly shirts. Yes I Turkish but you even don't know anything about Turkey. You'll think that we all are ignorant people but, NO! We have great nights all parties and girls and drinks but you suckas think Turkey is what you see on BBC, right? This is sh*t and f*ck your religions. We dont care about them. But reasons of what people kill theirselves is what we give a sh*t! I love you.
You are dead mother f*cker. We will keep you staying sometimes and will send you to the HELL. See you next month in your house.
2 days or we killing your family.
In light of how easy it is to offend these maniacs, maybe making "non-offensive to Muslims" a requirement for anything our media will publish isn't such a great idea.
Hat tip: PC Free Zone
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:27 AM
As reported on Power Line, the Democratic Party has launched a campaign to suppress advertisements voicing support for American policy in Iraq by veterans of the war and by Gold Star Families. In an astonishing example of the pot calling the kettle black, Minnesota party chairman Brian Melendez condemned one of the ads as "un-American."
Not content with wildly inappropriate slurs, the Democratic Party has been actively attempting to suppress the ads by sending emails to party members egging them on to contact TV stations and demand the removal of the ads.
Among the reasons Dems want the ads suppressed is that one features Merrilee Carlson, whose son Michael was killed in Iraq last year. Her support for US policy presents a stark contrast with Cindy Sheehan's seditious demagoguery, and is likely to represent a more accurate reflection of the views of Gold Star Families — something liberals have an obvious interest in wanting to keep hidden.
Thank you V the K for the tip.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:23 AM
Venezuela's budding socialist dictator Hugo Chavez continues his awkward attempts to flirt with our Secretary of State, as reported on Fox News:
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has warned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice against interfering in his country, saying, "Don't mess with me, girl" and sarcastically offering her a kiss. Chavez also mockingly referred to Rice as "Condolence" during his weekly TV broadcast. The warning comes just days after Rice described Venezuela as one of the West's "biggest problems" and called for the region to unite to expose Venezuela's "anti-Democratic behavior."
This isn't the first time Chavez has been dismissive of the U.S. Secretary, he called Rice "a true illiterate" in 2004, and later said she only spoke out against him because she wanted to sleep with him.
But since Chavez's crudely expressed interest does not seem to be reciprocated by Rice, he'll have to settle for what he can get:
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:12 AM
It looks like the media has paid a price for its grotesque overindulgence in the Cheney hunting story — and yet if you stay tuned, you will be subjected to more of the same.
[I]t was inappropriate for me to lose my cool with the press secretary representing the President. I don't think it was professional of me.
Not that Gregory's repentance runs very deep — he still asserts that the hunting accident was "emblematic of the rather secretive style with the press by the Vice President," and it's highly possible he will behave the same way in the future:
I, for one, don't apologize for pushing hard for answers. I think people who view the news or view what I do for a partisan lens may think I was making a political statement. I was not.
At least Gregory didn't dress up like a liberal elite snob's conception of what a hunter would look like:
Just as Al Franken and John Stewart have made it clear that you can't rely on comedians to bring you the news, Dana Milbank proved that stand-up comedy is not an appropriate sideline for supposedly serious journalists from the Washington Post. On CNN's Reliable Sources, as Drudge Reports,
Dana Milbank fretted that the White House is exploiting the public's growing disdain for the mainstream media. "Of course they succeed," Milbank said of Bush aides. "The press always looks awful. They will once again make us look awful."
Actually, the MSM made themselves look awful by behaving like the ankle-biting partisan twerps they are as they neglected serious news stories in favor of a minor accident in hopes it would embarrass the Vice President — and they're still doing it. Check out this week's covers for Newsweak and Slime:
Hat tip: Alamo Nation
February 20, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:36 PM
Davids Medienkritik has a particularly excellent piece on Der Spiegel (Germany's answer to Time/Newsweek) and its contemptible eagerness to exploit the additional Abu Ghraib photos that recently emerged.
A few highlights:
Torture in the name of freedom? Since when has America advocated torture as a means of promoting freedom? When someone is tortured or abused in a German jail in violation of established standards, does that mean the German government is torturing in the name of democracy as well? ...
This is a dangerously cynical equation of two concepts. Particularly in a Europe where the general public is already so jaded that many no longer believe in the concept of freedom. ...
The irony of it all is that publications like SPIEGEL would not even have the freedom to print this exploitative trash had it not been for the massive sacrifice in lives, blood and toil of American soldiers to liberate Germany from Fascism and defend it from Communism. ...
That is what it is really about for SPIEGEL: Long-term humiliation and disgrace for the United States. Abu-Ghraib as the new Mai Lai. This is not about thoughtful, constructive criticism. This is not about genuine, collegial interest in seeing America right its wrongs. This is not about transatlantic dialog and understanding.
This is about a harmful, vindictive rush to the moral high ground at America's expense. Americans should recognize this shameless bashing for what it is and become extremely wary of any and all criticism they hear blaring from across the Atlantic. Americans must begin to tune-out and turn-off the hateful voices that seek only to profit from their misfortune.
The whole piece needs reading.
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:05 PM
Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately.
Baldwin can count himself lucky that Cheney's domestic terrorist activities target innocent citizens indiscriminately, instead of our enemies. Otherwise the VP might strap on a suicide belt and head for Hollywood.
But then, considering that Cheney is a no-nonsense kind of guy, he probably agrees with these folks:
Hat tip: Media Research Center
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:39 PM
For anyone not ready to drink the Kool-Aid and believe that we have entered a time warp in which Iraq is actually Vietnam, the Valerie Plame non-story is actually Watergate, and George W. Bush is actually Richard Nixon, maybe this picture from MoveOn.org will help:
Is seems Nixon and W are so much alike, they have the very same body.
This isn't the first time MoveOn.org has indulged in a little photoshoppery to prop up their propaganda. Given this organization's regard for the truth, it won't be the last.
With thanks to ex-expat.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:29 PM
It's not easy for the MSM to top itself when it comes to fatuousness — and yet it always manages somehow. Here's what the Washington Post had to say about the pink tie Dick Cheney was wearing when he was interviewed on Fox News about the overblown hunting accident:
Cheney's pink four-in-hand registered in the manner of pigtails on a gangsta rapper. In the parlance of hip-hop, the look is full of macho swagger and the not-so-subtle suggestion that even with the hairdo of a pre-adolescent girl, the rapper is still the toughest thing standing in the room. The incongruous sartorial flourish is a display of irony and confidence.
Say what? Before long, the WaPo piece has reached this highly original conclusion:
For Cheney, a pink tie was a weapon.
Hopefully Cheney is coordinating with Donald Rumsfeld on this new breakthrough in military technology.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:42 PM
Peter Gadiel — whose son James died at the World Trade Center on 9/11 — has as good a theory as any as to why President Bush would allow a company based in the United Arab Emirates to run several major US ports:
I'm a lifelong Republican and I think the President's gone insane.
Well, that would explain why Bush allowed ultra-liberals like Chuck Schumer and even Barbara Boxer to outflank him on the right on security. Democrats are threatening legislation to prevent a company from the UAE — home of two 9/11 hijackers and a source of some of its funding — from calling the shots at ports that include New York City's.
It would also explain why more than four years after 9/11, Norman Mineta — who has made no secret of the fact that he considers political correctness a far higher priority than preventing Muslims from hijacking airplanes — is appallingly still the Secretary of Transportation.
Gadiel's theory also helps us make sense of Bush's refusal to lift a finger to stop the total chaos on our southern border.
Applications of the theory go beyond national security. Presenting us with a massive new prescription drug entitlement when it is obvious that the entitlements we already have will eventually bankrupt the economy is the first to come to mind.
However, Gadiel's theory starts to look shaky when you compare W to someone who actually is certifiably insane: Al Gore, for example.
Considering the opposition, we are fortunate to have Bush as our President. But that's not to say a little more sanity in Washington wouldn't be very much appreciated.
February 19, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:12 PM
An Iranian group called Martyrdom Seekers boasts that it has collected over "1,000 trained martyrdom-seekers" — i.e., suicide bombers, who will be employed against the West in the unlikely event that it develops the backbone to impede Iran's quest for nuclear weapons.
At a recent recruiting event, another 50 volunteers filled out membership applications. No doubt the qualifications are the same you would need to gain admission to a hospital for the criminally insane.
Meanwhile, Iran's ayatollahs have issued a fatwa approving the use of nuclear weapons against countries they don't like. Sharia used to forbid the use of nuclear weapons, but that was before Muslims started getting their hands on them.
If by some miracle we do manage to prevent Iran from acquiring and using nuclear weapons, look for liberals to declare afterwards that it was never trying to develop them in the first place. If we don't, look for some other planet to live on.
Hat tip: Prince of Leaves
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:47 PM
Berserk Muslims set fire to the Italian consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Friday. At least 10 people were killed, all of them Libyan. The purpose was to protest some innocuous Danish cartoons.
Since this does not make any sense whatsoever, ulterior motives must be explored. It's clear that the rioters are savage hooligans who will seize on any pretext to cause havoc. But who is pulling their strings?
Some have suggested that behind the cartoon issue is a push for hegemony. The moral and culture disintegration of Europe is creating a vacuum, and Muslims are rushing to fill it by establishing the authority to tell Europeans what they may or may not publish, in effect bullying them into accepting dhimmi status in their own countries.
But a nuanced analysis reveals that this theory must be false, because it is based on the racist premise that anything can go wrong in the world that is not the fault of rich white Americans, at least one of whom has stood to gain from the rioting:
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:12 AM
While spewing limousine liberal rhetoric in front of a presumably receptive audience at the National Press Club last Thursday, actor Richard Dreyfuss's lack of eloquence reached a degree of incoherence that cried out for psychiatric treatment.
On the topic of angry leftists' daydream of impeaching President Bush for not sharing their views, the self-described "'libo-conservo-middle-of-the-roado" Dreyfuss declared, "There are causes worth fighting for even if you know that you will lose."
His seditious ramblings touched upon America's strangely unreported withdrawal from the Geneva Convention, the commonplaceness of torture in this country, and the unconscionable practice of eavesdropping on terrorist communications before stumbling upon the topic of those who might disapprove of his counterproductive bloviating. At this point, Dreyfuss left the English language behind, and lapsed into Jabberwocky (video):
Fingers start a-pointing, and ridicule starts a-rising, and worst of all treason is im— is starts getting implied. Treason. Watch me lose my sense of humor. People accuse me of treason. "That's not very O'Reilly of you, Mister Smarty-Pants," or "What would Sean Hannity have to say about that, Mister Ka-Too-Complex-for-Your-Own-Good?"
Sean Hannity responded with an open invitation to come on his show.
Dreyfuss is scheduled to appear on both "Hannity and Colmes" and the "O'Reilly Factor" to prove that his views can withstand intelligent scrutiny. He'll be on right after Hillary Clinton. Later in the evening, Greta Van Susteren will interview Elvis Presley, who will reveal that Jimmy Hoffa is not dead but has been hiding out with the Raging Grannies after undergoing a sex-change operation.
February 18, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:34 AM
You would think that sports would be a haven where we could get a breather from obnoxious race-baiting moonbattery. But not with Bryant Gumbel involved. Here's what he had to say about the Winter Olympics on HBO's Real Sports:
So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world's greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.
What does he want, affirmative action for ice skaters? Actually, if the Winter Games did look like a GOP convention, we'd be seeing pictures like this:
The Turin Olympics have looked more like a Democratic than a Republican convention:
Hat tip: Wiggins
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
February 17, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:36 PM
Until they get their nuclear weapons operational, Iran's ayatollahs have to make do when it comes to punishing the West. For example, Iran is avenging itself on Denmark for being the home of bland infidel cartoons by officially changing the name of Danish pastries to "Roses of Muhammad."
Iran's confectioners' union ordered the name change:
Given the insults by Danish newspapers against the prophet, as of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to "Rose of Muhammad" pastries.
Explains an obedient cake shop owner in northern Tehran:
This is a punishment for those who started misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam.
Iranian Danishes aren't actually from Denmark anyway. Iran has cut all commercial ties with Denmark over the cartoons.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:07 PM
The flame consumes 1,500 cubic meters of natural gas per hour, no doubt traumatizing Gaia tremendously. But callous Olympic officials refuse to turn it down, for fear that it might go out after all these years. Not that they are turning up their noses at political correctness in Turin:
The main Olympic Village, housing 2,500 athletes, has a record amount of solar panels and low-energy light bulbs. In the mountains, special tracks around the luge run and ski jumping hill allow animals to pass through the area.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
In a truly appalling if unsurprising development, Organization of the Islamic Conference Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is teaming up with Eurodhimmis to impose speech restrictions in the wake of Islamowackos' hebephrenic overreaction to the bland yet infamous Danish cartoons.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana reportedly agrees with Ihsanoglu's idea that the EU and OIC should work together on a UN resolution suppressing "defamation of religions." You don't have to be a cynic to realize that the only religion you will get in any trouble for defaming will be Islam.
Ihsanoglu is also pushing for "international legal measures against blasphemy" and demands that "the EU should adopt necessary legislative measures by the European Parliament against Islamophobia."
Sure, if the European bureaucracy is resigned to dhimmitude, why not make it official? The only problem will be reconciling liberals' distaste for capital punishment with the Religion of Peace's time-honored tradition of punishing criticism of Islam with violent death.
Here's how Ihsanoglu put the ho-hum Danish cartoons into context for the rest of the useless moonbats and bureauweenies who have been shooting off their mouths in Jeddah over the last week:
Unfortunately, people in the Muslim world feel that this is a new 9/11 against themselves. In Europe unfortunately Muslims have taken the place of Jews during World War II.
Got that? A few harmless cartoons equals 3000 innocent civilians murdered on September 11 equals 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
If you can't tell the difference between this:
you might belong in front of a microphone at the next international conference. You might even be United Nations material.
February 16, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:37 PM
Surprise! The same insufferable MSM moonbats who wouldn't publish the tepid Danish cartoons lest they offend Muslims are running with the opportunity to shove more Abu Ghraib pictures in everyone's face — knowing full well that such pictures have minimal news value at this point but continue to constitute a valuable recruitment tool for Islamic terrorists.
The Australian television network SBS's Dateline program has gone public with newly uncovered (though 3 years old) video and still images from Abu Ghraib, the scandal the Left will not let die.
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman observed the obvious: that dredging up more Abu Ghraib pictures could "possibly incite unnecessary violence in the world" and of course, endanger US troops. He also noted that the situation has been dealt with. The scandal led to a comprehensive review of detention operations by the Defense Department that resulted in 600 criminal investigations and 200 prosecutions.
As General John Abizaid pointed out last September:
When we continue to pick at the wound and show the pictures over and over again, it just creates the image — which is a false image — like this is the sort of stuff that is happening anew, and it's not.
But of course, creating false images is the whole point of propaganda — and creating the kind that encourage Islamic terrorism is a specialty of the mainstream media.
Naturally Al-Jazeera picked up the newly publicized images and ran with them, as did its twin sister CNN, which offers a whole "gallery" of Abu Ghraib stills, as well as a video clip.
When reporting on the Danish cartoons, CNN runs a note that it is not showing the cartoons themselves so that it can avoid "adding fuel to the controversy."
Their hypocrisy is almost as staggering as their eagerness to betray their own civilization.
The sniveling weasels at the Washington Post are also running one of the SBS pictures. They would not run the Danish cartoons at all, because they "have standards about language, religious sensitivity, racial sensitivity and general good taste."
The list of traitors and hypocrites goes on and on. Naturally it includes the New York Times.
Obviously this is not a matter of not wanting to anger Muslim savages. It is a matter of cowardly siding with the enemies of Western Civilization. If any institution on earth is more profoundly contemptible than the left-liberal mainstream media, I hope I never find out about it. I would die of disgust.
Just so that Moonbattery can do its part to ensure that the Gray Lady et al. are not successful in leaving people to believe that the Danish cartoons somehow warrant a violent reaction, here they are once again:
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:34 PM
Here's a disturbing question: if abortion is the thin edge of a wedge, what would the wide part look like? Holland's Groningen Protocol — whereby infants are killed for having disabilities — gives one answer. An even ghastlier one can be found in the Kansas City abortion clinic of Krishna Rajanna, who has been seen microwaving fetuses and mixing them in with his lunch.
Moonbattery reported on Dr. Rajanna earlier, after two years of investigation led to his clinic finally getting shut down for being absolutely filthy. Attempts to prevent future houses of horror like Rajanna's were stalled by Kansas's pro-abortion Governor Kathleen Sebelius.
In an attempt to get around Sebelius's vetoes, a bill has been proposed that will require all offices that perform outpatient surgery — not just abortion clinics — to undergo unannounced inspections. But abortion advocates still object to the measure.
Rajanna denies the eyewitness accounts that he eats fetuses, claiming that he's a vegetarian. But there's no reason for him to be bashful about his dietary habits. After all, eating a human fetus is perfectly legal.
They're not human, remember?
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:30 AM
The post below on University of Washington Student Senate members who oppose erecting a statue of working class part-Sioux war hero Pappy Boyington on the grounds that he's a rich white murderer might give people the idea that college students aren't learning much these days. But actually, they are learning all sorts of imaginative things. Sometimes they even learn for a cause. And the learning isn't limited to the classroom.
University of Pennsylvania recently hosted the Sex Toy Box Social, at which demonstrations instructed students of this prestigious Ivy League school on how to use sex toys.
The event gave "dignity to sexuality" and helped "highlight the power of female sexuality," according to one Penn freshman. But it also had a higher purpose: to raise funds to help people abort their children.
At University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, Feminist Students United and V-Day teamed up to produce "Sex-travaganza," billed as "a fun and informative sex-positive party":
Presentation on fun and safe sex techniques given by the Center for Healthy Student Behaviors, make your own Vagina Swirl to eat, Safe Sex Party Bags to take home, test your knowledge in the Sex Quiz and win tantalizing prizes from Cherry Pie.
While it's encouraging that college women are being taught valuable masturbation skills, feminists must be disappointed to see no mention of funds at the UNC event going to help rid women of inconvenient babies.
Hat tip: William
February 15, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
Hats off to Andrei Codrescu for taking on the mealy-mouthed moonbats of the American Library Association. Codrescu was the keynote speaker at the ALA's Midwinter Meeting. Much to the chagrin of ALA President Michael Gorman, he used the opportunity to hold the organization's feet to the fire regarding its lack of support for underground or "independent" libraries in Cuba, a place where traditional libraries aren't going to carry anything that isn't approved by the totalitarian State.
Possibly in deference to lefty icon Fidel Castro, the ALA refuses to recognize these as "real" libraries. But they are the only real libraries you will find in the penal colony Castro has made out of Cuba.
Although Codrescu maintains that the ALA didn't try to tell him what to say in his keynote address, Gorman pouts that he did not deliver the speech he told ALA apparatchiks he would.
Nat Hentoff has also expressed outrage at the ALA, renouncing his Immroth Award in protest of its lack of support for Cuba's independent libraries.
Lest you get the idea that the ALA cares more about political correctness than it does about libraries, ALA members have traveled to Cuba and have expressed "deep concern" over the political prisoners rotting away in Castro's dungeons. No doubt Castro will soon set them all free and announce open elections as a result.
The ALA's stand on the independent libraries is that they are "questionable" and that recognizing them would "harm real efforts for a professional exchange." But as Codrescu, who spent his youth in communist Romania, points out:
The simple truth is that their fellow librarians are in prison for defending the human right to read.
If he really wants the ALA to take the side of freedom in Cuba, he should tell them that Castro is oppressing his slaves with the Patriot Act, which of course the organization vehemently opposes.
Hat tip: Varla
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:33 PM
Just as Major League Baseball has a farm system to develop talent for the future, so does the Democratic Party. For a morbidly fascinating glimpse of one of the Dems' farm teams, have a look at the February 7 minutes (PDF) of the University of Washington Student Senate.
At issue was whether the school should erect a statue honoring USMC Colonel Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, a UW alumnus and heroic fighter ace who commanded the legendary Black Sheep Squadron in World War II. He was credited with downing 26 enemy aircraft. Robert Conrad played Boyington on the TV show Baa Baa Black Sheep.
A few highlights from the minutes:
Jill Edwards questioned whether it was appropriate to honor a person who killed other people.
She said she didn't' [sic] believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce.
Ashley Miller commented that many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men.
As V the K points out, Boyington was working class and part Sioux. However, he could be said to have been fighting to defend the interests of rich white men in their selfish scheme to prevent the Japanese from becoming culturally self-actualized by conquering the United States.
Here's what someone who actually supported the statue had to say:
Mikhail Smirnoff said he supported the resolution. ... He said he understood the sentiment of not wanting to reward those who fought in the war, but that he thought those who fought in WWII were heros [sic] and that it was a much different war than the controversial war in Iraq.
If Mr. Smirnoff really does understand the sentiment of not wanting to reward those who defend our country, then he's wasting his time on the Student Senate. The guy should be hard at work in the Abnormal Psychiatry Department, sharing his insight with others.
His remarks make it clear that any UW grads currently fighting in Iraq to protect these little twerps shouldn't get their hopes up regarding campus memorials. But the Democratic Party can take heart; fresh talent is on the way.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:53 AM
Al Gore's incendiary anti-American remarks may have gone down nicely in Saudi Arabia, but they don't seem to be playing well at home. As you'll recall, Gore's George Galloway act at the Jeddah Economic Forum included unsubstantiated claims that the US government "indiscriminately rounded up" Arabs after September 11, held them in "unforgivable" conditions, and subjected them to "terrible abuses."
As the National Association of Chiefs of Police points out, Prince Albert "crossed the line of diplomatic decency by denigrating his own country within the Islamic world." They invited him to share any evidence he might have of "terrible abuses" with Congress, and described his anti-American allegations as "shrill," "loathsome" and "ugly" — three words that increasingly fit the Democratic Party as a whole.
Rep Peter King (R-NY) didn't think much of Gore's rhetoric either. Calling his conduct "disgraceful," King observed, "Either he's lost it or he's putting his hatred of Bush ahead of America's security" — another comment that could easily be applied to today's Democrats in general.
However, Chuck Schumer did dispute Gore's notion that we are oppressing Saudis by not making it even easier for them to enter our country.
The principled Hillary Clinton declined to comment. Maybe she's waiting for poll numbers to come in before issuing her heartfelt response.
Images compliments of Wiggins.
February 14, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 PM
It's not only Muslims who have it in for Valentine's Day. Fox News reports that employers in Britain have been banning Valentine's cards from the workplace to avoid sexual harassment suits. A third of UK businesses reportedly support the ban. According to a consultant at Britain's Employment Law Advisory Services, all Valentine's Day messages should be punishable by disciplinary action if employers want to keep the lawyers at bay.
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:50 PM
Here's something I'll bet you didn't know: Germans are nothing but Zionist scarecrows!
The writing says: "Why at the World Cup of all places does the German army have to be on duty?"
If Angela Merkel starts groveling and bleating apologies over this, I am going to be really disappointed.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
By the way, the Jeddah Economic Forum — at which Al Gore spewed some of the most inflammatory anti-American propaganda this side of al-Jazeera — was funded in part by Osama bin Laden's family. Jeddah is bin Laden's home town.
In January 2002, Bill Clinton was paid $267,000 to address this same forum. You may remember Clinton as the randy ex-President who responded to September 11 by publicly spitting up stuff like this:
Those of us who come from various European lineages are not blameless. Indeed, in the first Crusade, when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with 300 Jews in it, and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple mound. The contemporaneous descriptions of the event describe soldiers walking on the Temple mound, a holy place to Christians, with blood running up to their knees. I can tell you that that story is still being told to today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it. Here in the United States, we were founded as a nation that practiced slavery and slaves were, quite frequently, killed even though they were innocent. This country once looked the other way when significant numbers of Native Americans were dispossessed and killed to get their land or their mineral rights or because they were thought of as less than fully human and we are still paying the price today. Even in the 20th century in America people were terrorized or killed because of their race.
Thankfully it appears America will be spared the catastrophe of an Al Gore presidency. But that doesn't mean al-Gore can't follow in Slick Willie's footsteps.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:33 AM
More moonbattery at the Jeddah Economic Forum in Saudi Arabia, courtesy of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder:
"I'd be very pleased if Hillary Clinton would become the next American president," Schroeder said to applause from a largely Saudi audience at the Jeddah Economic Forum, which opened here Saturday.
As OpinionJournal points out, "It would be hard for Republicans to write a better campaign commercial."
All we need is an endorsement from Jacques Chirac and I think we can stick a fork in her.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:29 AM
Now that Hugo Chavez's pal Evo Morales is running the show in Bolivia, there are going to be changes — right down to the breakfast table:
Bolivia's Foreign Minister wants school children to reap the nutritional benefits from one of the country's most revered crops — coca — which is of course the stuff used to make cocaine. David Choquehuanca says there's more calcium in coca plants than in milk and therefore the former should be included on school breakfast menus.
Bolivia's president Evo Morales, himself a coca farmer whose presidential victory was helped in part by local coca growers, has spent the last month advocating the legal uses of coca and vowing to protect local farmers.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:21 AM
Apologies again to anyone whose comments were lost over the last couple of days, but Moonbattery's technical difficulties appear to have been overcome.
February 13, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 PM
Over the weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man in Texas. Asked why he shot the man, the Vice President said, "Just to watch him die."
Are you laughing? That was supposed to be a joke.
Hat tips: Wiggins, NewsBusters
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:57 PM
Other than Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, it's hard to imagine a scarier thought than the fact that Al Gore was very nearly elected President. Having come completely unhinged, Gore has entered into George Galloway territory by traveling to the Middle East to spew false and extremely incendiary anti-American propaganda likely to help get Americans killed.
Prince Albert told a mostly local audience in Saudi Arabia that the US government inflicted "terrible abuses" on Arabs after 9/11. It "indiscriminately rounded up" the poor victims and held them in "unforgivable" conditions.
He also accused the Bush Administration of encouraging terrorism by blocking Saudi visa applications. As even Gore probably knows, Saudi Arabia produced 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:22 PM
With thanks to Wiggins:
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:00 PM
The song "Black Betty" — written by the legendary blues singer Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, and made into a hit in 1977 by Ram Jam — was used for about a decade to rally University of New Hampshire hockey fans. But no more; you see, it has been revealed that the song is "theoretically racist." It has now been banned.
The ban might be repealed though, if someone could convince the mullahs of political correctness at UNH that the song is actually about illegal drugs.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
Considering how many in the West seem willing to give up freedom of the press because Muslims disapprove of some bland Danish cartoons, there shouldn't be much resistance to Islamic demands that we do away with Valentine's Day.
The other day members of the Kashmiri Islamic group Dukhtaran-e-Millat stormed into gift and stationery shops, setting fire to anything that reminded them of the holiday some of us infidels will be celebrating tomorrow.
"We will not let anyone sell these cards or celebrate Valentine's Day," said Asiya Andrabi, the group's leader, as she held a burning poster in her hand. ...
She said that the raids were carried out "not to harm anyone but to make them realize that this is against Islam's teachings."
Mohammad Sarwar, owner of a stationery store, didn't much appreciate it:
They barged in, grabbed cards and posters and burnt them outside. Most of the cards were not even Valentine cards. It is difficult to do business with such threats looming overhead.
How unconscionable: does he really think he can put his own right to make a living ahead of the hurt feelings of those offended by his Valentine's cards?
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
February 12, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:12 PM
Irish President Mary McAleese was in Riyadh today, condemning the publication of the innocuous cartoons that Muslims have been exploiting to browbeat the West into abandoning the principle of freedom of speech.
We abhor the publication of those provocative cartoons, they were designed to provoke, they were designed to be rude, they were designed to inflame, they did all of those things.
Obviously the willing dhimmis who take this line are playing right into the hands of the Muslim rioters and their sinister puppeteers in Iran and Syria by falsely admitting that publishing the cartoon constituted some sort of offense.
Apparently feeling that the flames weren't burning brightly enough, McAleese splashed them with more gasoline:
Muslims have every right to feel angry.
Naturally she also mouthed the usual platitudes about abhorring violence, as if unaware that validating the pretext for the violence is hardly likely to put an end to it.
Hat tip: LGF
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:38 PM
Regrettably Moonbattery will have to discontinue comments until a certain technical issue has been resolved.
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:55 AM
The $10 million lawsuit alleging that a flying shrimp at a Japanese steakhouse caused a man's death has been rejected, despite claims on the part of the dead guy's relatives that a Benihana chef ignored their pleas to stop tossing shrimp at them.
Hat tip: ex-expat
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:37 AM
Apologies to any readers whose comments have been lost. Moonbattery has encountered some technical difficulties that are still being sorted out.
February 11, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:30 PM
It's nice to know that not all of the money that unions extract from teachers goes to propping up the Democratic Party. In the case of former office manager Gwendolyn M. Hemphill and former treasurer James O. Baxter of the Washington Teachers Union, the Washington Times reports:
Union dues were used to pay for designer clothing and fur coats, silverware and a champagne cooler, antiques and art objects, wigs, plasma televisions, dental implants, $77,181 worth of tickets to basketball games, and Louis Vuitton and Chanel handbags, among other items.
Both were convicted on 23 counts of crimes that include embezzlement, money laundering, conspiracy and wire fraud. But now Hemphill is seeking leniency — on the grounds that she suffers from psychotic episodes in which she is menaced by "a small, dark-skinned person with a thin Roman nose, small lips and a spear, who is dressed like a native African."
Well, that would certainly excuse embezzling nearly $5 million over a period of 7 years. I would give Hemphill and her lawyers credit for originality, but I suspect they got the idea from watching Karen Black in Trilogy of Terror.
Hat tip: William
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:33 PM
An AP photo, via The Volokh Conspiracy:
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:40 AM
Enjoy the Pro Bowl tomorrow, because when it's over, that's it for the football season. Movies might help fill the entertainment gap until baseball starts up in the spring, but Hollywood pales in comparison to the NFL and MLB. Not that movies aren't fun to watch — but there can be a big difference in the caliber of the people involved. Just for illustration, compare the way "Lord of the Rings" heartthrob Viggo Mortensen and Super Bowl XX Bears QB Jim McMahon show their support for our troops.
Mortensen has demonstrated his respect for democracy by calling for both the President and the Vice President to be impeached on nonspecific grounds, and his patriotism by comparing America to "a spoiled brat." As for his support for the troops: Last summer he made a pilgrimage to Crawford to pay his respects to Cindy Sheehan, who managed to gain fame by publicly siding with the terrorists her son died fighting. If you've got a strong stomach, click here to see Mortensen kissing the Ditch Witch's claw.
In stark contrast, McMahon is active in Impact Player Partners, an organization "created to provide a simple mechanism for individuals and corporations to help provide emotional and financial support for our severely wounded/disabled War on Terror veterans and their families."
McMahon will be joining some of our disabled heroes in Hawaii tomorrow for the Pro Bowl. Last Tuesday he was in the Houston area for a Kickoff Party in advance of the 2006 Impact a Hero Weekend. Yankees as well as Astros fans will be pleased to recognize Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte in this PDF describing the event.
Byron was lucky enough to attend the Kickoff Party, and reports that McMahon may be retired, but he can still drink like a pro when the occasion calls for it.
By the way, donations to Impact Player Partners are tax-deductible.
February 10, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:40 PM
Does this look offensive to you?
Probably not, but it doesn't take much to offend Muslims, who are using their perpetual state of offendedness to rally themselves in their ongoing jihad against Western Civilization.
The picture above represents self-censorship on the topic of Islam (the Swedish across the bottom means "Danish Mohammad self-censorship"). For putting it online, the Swedish Democrats' SD-Kuriren newspaper was closed down after its host Levonline consulted with the Swedish government.
You would think that after 2000 glorious years, European civilization would at least fight back. Instead it is assisting in its own dismantlement.
If Europe does not change course drastically and soon, the culture that build Saint Peter's Cathedral will be displaced by a barbarian horde worshiping a vicious god from the Dark Ages. The genius of any future Mozarts will be smothered in its crib in a world that disdains music. Universities that produced many of the greatest minds ever known will soon be devoted to teaching automatons to rock to and fro like schizophrenics while they memorize the ravings of a Sixth Century psychopath.
Women will be beaten for the slightest disobedience; if they make the mistake of complaining when they are raped, they will be stoned. As directed by the Koran, anyone who "blasphemes" by criticizing the nightmarish cult that is Islam will be killed.
The greatest tragedy in human history is unfolding right in front of our eyes, but most people don't have enough character even to acknowledge it. That's how much damage liberal ideology has done to our souls by endlessly eating away at our belief in our own culture.
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:03 PM
At least there is one person in Congress who can see through the fog of moonbattery to the necessity of securing our borders. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) acknowledges that there is a war going on at the Mexican border, and that we had better start fighting back by deploying troops to the region:
We have a war. We are facing a military on the other side of the border.
Tancredo spoke at a protest against Bush's latest guest worker proposal, which does not address the urgent problem of our undefended border. Unsurprisingly, counter protesters showed up with Spanish slogans to the effect that anyone who would like to see the territorial integrity of the United States defended is a racist.
So far our government has sided with the invaders. Hopefully a price will be paid for this betrayal at the ballet box.
Hat tip: Byron
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:43 AM
In yet another silly publicity stunt, a member of the animal-killing organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals painted her body with tiger stripes and crouched nude in a cage in downtown Charlotte to protest the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus coming to town:
"These animals are not volunteers," asserts PETA President Ingrid Newkirk (thankfully that's not Ingrid in the cage). "They have been deprived of their precious freedom and beaten for a lifetime of cheap tricks."
PETA has some authority when it comes to cheap tricks. But although this one may temporarily convert a few horny adolescents to moonbattery, it fortunately is not likely to spoil the circus for the kids.
Speaking of assertions by PETA's Ingrid Newkirk, here are a few more:
Six million Jews died in concentration camps, but six billion broiler chickens will die this year in slaughter houses.
I don't use the word "pet." I think it's speciesist language. I prefer "companion animal."
I wish we all would get up and go into the labs and take the animals out or burn them down.
If you French kiss your dog and he or she thinks it's great, is it wrong? We believe all exploitation and abuse is wrong. If it isn't exploitation and abuse, it may not be wrong.
Come to think of it, maybe Newkirk should be the one in a cage — or rather, a locked room with padded walls.
Hat tip: Wiggins
February 9, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:57 PM
Not all American journalists are using the contrived overreaction to some bland Danish cartoons as an opportunity to embrace dhimmitude. WorldNetDaily, which has been displaying the images since the whole phony controversy erupted, reports that a few journalists have enough character to be disgusted by the refusal of the AP and others to let people see the pictures for themselves.
Don Holland, editor of the Daily Press, rips into the AP:
The mindless violence by Islamic radicals is par for the course. But what is incredible is that the Associated Press, which distributes news stories and photos from across the globe, has decided that you shouldn't see it. ... The point is not whether it is offensive or not. The point is that it is part of a worldwide news story.
As Holland observes but the AP is apparently too frightened to acknowledge:
The fact that radical Muslims are going berserk over a cartoon says more about their mindset than it does about a cartoon. The source of the riots and mayhem is not a cartoon. It is growing friction in a clash of cultures.
As WND reports, the editorial department of the New York Press walked out en masse to protest the publisher's refusal to run the cartoons. Tim Marchman, who resigned as managing editor, had this to say about cowardly media outlets that suppress the cartoons:
We're extending the supposedly spontaneous — but in fact politically organized and politically motivated — rioters veto power over what runs in American newspapers. It's ridiculous and indefensible.
Jim Michaels of USA Today among many others has taken the absurd position that there wouldn't be any point in letting people see the cartoons. But as Philadelphia Inquirer editor Amanda Bennett explains:
This is the kind of work that newspapers are in business to do. ... We're running this in order to give people a perspective of what the controversy's about, not to titillate, and we have done that with a whole wide range of images throughout our history. ... You run it because there's a news reason to run it.
Michelle Malkin, who is a columnist at WND, couldn't help but notice the double-standard in comparison with the Abu Ghraib photos that the MSM plastered everywhere possible. Noting that outlets like the Dallas Morning News and CNN would only run the cartoons after pixelating them as if they were pornography, Malkin asks:
Funny, I can't recall any newspapers that pixelated the Abu Ghraib photos. Can you?
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:37 PM
On a recent Southwest Airlines flight one Nadine Thompson, who weighed between 300 and 350 pounds at the time, was asked to comply with the Airline's policy by paying for a second seat on the grounds that her considerable mass spilled over into it.
Naturally the outrageous suggestion that a woman of color should have to abide by the same regulations as everyone else elicited a violent reaction. Thompson made a major scene, admittedly using obscenities, calling airline employees "racist cowards" and declaring, "You might as well have a sheet over your head." She ended up getting a refund on her ticket and taking a different airline.
But an insult this grievous couldn't be left there. She called Southwest's corporate offices. Unsurprisingly, the airline bowed its head in submission and apologized. Thompson was offered $350 in gift certificates.
Not good enough: Thompson is suing Southwest for racial discrimination.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:58 AM
Just when I thought nothing could lower my opinion of the New York Times...
On Tuesday, the Gray Lady ran a sanctimonious editorial that dismissed resistance to letting Muslims dictate what we can or cannot publish as "childish," and applauded their own despicable cowardice in failing to run the Danish cartoons so that people could see for themselves that they do not warrant any sort of serious objection:
The New York Times and much of the rest of the nation's news media have reported on the cartoons but refrained from showing them. That seems a reasonable choice for news organizations that usually refrain from gratuitous assaults on religious symbols, especially since the cartoons are so easy to describe in words.
The very next day the Times published a full color photo of Chris Ofili's "Holy Virgin Mary" — an attempt at a painting that features the Virgin Mary with a vaginal mouth, covered in elephant dung and pictures of female body parts cut out of porno magazines.
Of course the Times always refrains from "gratuitous assaults on religious symbols" — unless of course the symbols are Christian. But hey, spitting on Christians isn't going to result in terrorist reprisals. I've heard that some Christians actually subscribe to their newspaper.
Hat tip: Times Watch
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:38 AM
Here are a few uplifting spiritual words from Islamic preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri, currently jailed in Britain on terrorism charges.
We ask Muslims to do that, to be capable to do that, to be capable to bleed the enemies of Allah anywhere, by any means.
You can't do it by nuclear weapon, you do it by the kitchen knife, no other solution. You cannot do it by chemical weapons, you have to do it by mice poison. Like you imagine you have one small knife and you have a big animal in front of you.
The size of the knife — you cannot slaughter him with this. You have to stab him here and there until he bleeds to death. Then you can cut up the meat, or leave it to the maggots. This is the first stage of jihad.
A Crown Prosecution Service statement says of al-Masri:
Not only did he repeatedly advocate that Muslims should kill non-believers, he set out to persuade his listeners that it was part of their religious duty to do so.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of our newspapers refuse to reprint bland cartoons because vermin like al-Masri have decided to find them "offensive."
Hat tip: Bergbikr
Cross-posted at The Wide Awakes
February 8, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:51 PM
It's certainly not surprising, yet I can't help but feel disappointed: Jacques Chirac has condemned the mild Danish cartoons that Islamists have used as a pretext to see how far they can push the West down the road to subjugation.
Reprinting the cartoons represents an "overt provocation" in the eyes of the cringing dhimmi Chirac. "I condemn all manifest provocation that might dangerously fan passions," the French President whimpered.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:26 PM
After Jimmy Carter's performance at Coretta Scott King's funeral yesterday, his position as the worst ex-President in American history should be secure for generations.
There were others who indulged in a little politicking, but this was no Paul Wellstone hatefest. As OpinionJournal notes:
The one moment of true malice came when Jimmy Carter got up to speak. He said of Dr. and Mrs. King, "It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps" — clearly a swipe against President Bush's terrorist surveillance program.
Does Carter really mean to suggest that Robert F. Kennedy's spying on Martin Luther King is the equivalent of the current administration spying on al Qaeda terrorists? What an ugly and invidious comparison.
Ugly and invidious — that goes a long way toward describing the guy the Clinton Administration referred to as a "treasonous prick."
As his audience at the funeral was mostly black, Carter also took the opportunity to indulge in a little race demagoguery. From a Drudge Report Flash:
"This commerative cermony this morning, this afternoon, is not only to acknowledge the great contributions of Coretta and Martin, but to remind us that the struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi," Carter said, the rest of his sentence drowned out by loud applause. "Those who were most devastated by [Hurricane] Katrina know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans. It is our responsibility to continue their crusade."
Jimbo, please. The tragic mistake of your presidency is over. We're still trying to deal with the mess you helped make in Iran. If you have any honor at all, stop promoting terrorists, sowing racial discord, and ankle-biting the President and just go away.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:45 PM
It should surprise no one that when given a choice between free speech and political correctness, the leftist twerps who dominate the media would choose the latter — even now that political correctness seems to require that we subjugate ourselves to the barbaric misogynistic cult that is Islam.
Although the cartoons are obviously newsworthy, and would not offend any reasonable person, the NY Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times and almost every other paper in the country refuse to reprint them. The sanctimonious explanation that they don't want to offend anyone's religious beliefs is particularly comical considering the source. Whether out of fear of terrorist reprisals or simply out of cultural self-loathing, they are voluntarily sacrificing their precious freedom of speech in order to subjugate themselves to the whims of Islamic savages. Neither explanation does much to restore respect for the increasingly and rightfully despised mainstream media.
Last night Fox News reported that the only US papers with enough character to republish the cartoons are the following:
- The New York Sun
- The Philadelphia Inquirer
- The Rocky Mountain News
- Riverside Press-Enterprise
As Fox also reported, the cartoons are so mild that the Danish Imam Ahmed Abu Laban had to mix phony pictures in with them to get his fellow Mohammadans worked up. One of these was actually an AP photograph of a guy wearing a pink pig snout and fake ears for a French hog-calling contest.
Speaking of the AP, that organization has decided on everyone else's behalf that we don't need to see the pictures on the transparently specious grounds that it won't "distribute content that is known to be offensive, with rare exceptions."
The cowardly liars at AP have an inordinate influence on what the mainstream media presents to us as the news. Fortunately we now have alternatives, so that we can find out for ourselves what is really going on.
For anyone who hasn't seen these cartoons and has been left by the MSM's sandal-licking dhimmis to assume that there really is something outrageously offensive about them, here they are again:
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:51 PM
It looks like even the outer fringes of the Democratic Party are starting to realize that there are limits to how far out on their cracking limb they can go and expect voters to follow them. Barbara Boxer, a Marin County moonbat who was one of the 23 Senators far enough out there to vote against Bush's authorization to use force against Saddam, is pleading with Cindy Sheehan not to make good on her threat to run for the Senate.
Mother Moonbat would be going after Dianne Feinstein's seat, ostensibly to punish her for not frothing at the mouth when she discusses the war in Iraq. Boxer, whose views seem to be well to the left of the liberal Feinstein's, nonetheless would prefer a relative moderate on the Senate than subject the Democratic Party to the ridicule it would richly deserve if a rabidly anti-American media whore like Sheehan were to represent it in the Senate.
"I don't think having her in the Senate election helps her at all," Boxer frets, referring to Sheehan and her defeatist cause. "I think it might have the opposite effect."
Let's hope so. But then, the Dems have managed to survive having Chappaquiddick Ted in the Senate — and there's no doubt Sheehan would help them shore up the support of the America-loathing, pro-terrorist fanatics who increasingly dominate the core of their party.
With thanks to V the K and William.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:51 AM
Lunatics of the Muslim and academic varieties may be closer than we thought to tuning in to the same depraved frequency. Arthur Butz, a professor at prestigious Northwestern University, has been telling both the American and the Iranian press that he agrees with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's absurd claim that the Holocaust never happened.
Professor Butz promotes his bizarre views regarding the Holocaust through a university-affiliated website. He asserts that the Holocaust was a "deliberately contrived falsehood" — all part of a Zionist scheme to create a Jewish state. On the topic of the maniacal Ahmadinejad, Butz bubbles:
I congratulate him on becoming the first head of state to speak out clearly on these issues and regret only that it was not a Western head of state.
It's not known whether Butz also agrees with Ahmadinejad that Israel needs to be "wiped off the map" (presumably with the nuclear weapons Iran has been busily developing), or if he will be submitting an entry into Iran's Holocaust cartoon contest.
Hat tip: Drudge Report
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:37 AM
Military history includes many instances when soldiers who fell into the hands of the enemy were trotted out before photographers or television cameras by their captors for purposes of propaganda: — to create false images intended to trick audiences into believing that the prisoners were actually well-cared for, sympathized with their captors, or were voluntarily denouncing the political policies of their home countries. Likewise, military history includes many instances in which such captured soldiers managed to inserted subtle and furtive signs into propagandistic images to express their defiance, to indicate that the information they were relaying was false, or to signal that they were acting under duress. (One of the most well-known examples of this phenomenon is the infamous middle finger gesture employed by the crew of the USS Pueblo in photographs after their ship was captured by North Korea in 1968.)
The gesture of crossing one's fingers is not unique to the military, of course; it is an ages-old symbol used to indicate that the finger-crosser does not mean what he is saying or is being compelled to act through coercion.
Hat tip: Wiggins
February 7, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:01 PM
Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), a loud critic of the war in Iraq who irresponsibly claims that the President deliberately lied about pre-war intelligence, is now accusing Bush of letting Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora on purpose.
You see, the Bush Administration "didn't want to capture bin Laden, because if they captured bin Laden and wiped out the Taliban, there would have been no justification for going to war in Iraq."
If that makes sense to you, you're at the wrong site. Democratic Underground is the last door down on your left.
Posted by Dave Blount at 3:07 PM
While the West trembles for fear that innocuous cartoons like this
might anger the nice Muslims and encourage them to launch more terrorist attacks, there is no expectation that any respect whatsoever should be shown by Muhammadans for Western beliefs.
In Saudi Arabia, for example, visitors routinely have their Bibles confiscated; reportedly the Bibles are then run through shredders. As CNSNews.com reported:
Reports from the Islamic world of the abuse of Bibles and other items important to Christians emerge from time to time, but generally have little impact — in contrast to the wave of Muslim anger sparked by a Newsweek report, since retracted, of Koran desecration by the U.S. military.
Danny Nalliah, an evangelical pastor who spent two years in Saudi Arabia, tells of a nun who tried to change planes in that enlightened land of religious tolerance:
Some fool [travel agent] had put her on a transit flight in Jeddah. You don't do that to a Catholic nun, because she's going to be tormented.
They opened her bag, went through her prayer book, put the prayer book through the shredder ... took the crucifix off her neck and smashed it, tormented her for many minutes.
It gets worse. In 2002, Palestinian terrorists associated with Yasser Arafat's Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took over Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity — believed to mark the birthplace of Jesus. Among their many barbarous acts during the 39-day siege was using the Holy Bible for toilet paper.
But of course, respect is a one-way street when it comes to Muslims — which is apparently the way liberal dhimmis in the media think it should be.
Hat tip: Wiggins, Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 12:27 PM
Universal dhimmitude is proceeding behind schedule in Australia, thanks to the government of Prime Minister John Howard.
Peter Costello, Treasurer and possible successor to Howard, went on national television to let Muslims know they are going to have to accept Australia as a secular state whose laws are made by Parliament, not some pedophile brigand from the Dark Ages:
If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practises it, perhaps, then, that's a better option.
Education Minister Brendan Nelson is on the same page:
Basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off.
Howard himself had this to say:
You won't change the minds of people who are hardened fanatics and hardened extremists. You have to identify them and take measures to ensure that they don't become a problem.
Asked if Australia would "get inside" mosques and schools to root out support for terrorism, Howard's response was, "Yes, to the extent necessary."
Meanwhile, Mehmet Saral of the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, an Islamic youth organization, sniveled to the press that Muslims feel victimized by Australian resistance to dhimmitude. The group has tastefully scheduled a conference for September 11.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:06 AM
Amy Runyan said she proudly displayed a "support our troops" magnet on her school bus, but last December, a teacher took it off and destroyed it. ...
"All I want is my ribbon bought and an apology," Runyan said.
The teacher involved in the situation declined to comment.
No doubt this teacher's students are gaining all sorts of imaginative insights into America's role in the world.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:22 AM
You might think Mother Moonbat's heartthrob Hugo Chavez was indulging in a little demagoguery when he screamed:
The imperialist, genocidal, fascist attitude of the US president has no limits. I think Hitler would be like a suckling baby next to George W. Bush.
But if this seems like a slight exaggeration, consider the ubiquity of W's wickedness. It's everywhere you look.
For example, a woman in suburban Columbus was tied up and robbed in her own home by a pair of masked gunmen, who wanted her to go back to the bank where she works and open the vault for them. Don't rush to judgment of the criminals; it's important to be nuanced and look for root causes. Said one of the goons:
This is all George W. Bush's fault. He screwed up the economy. We just need gas money for the car.
Bush Crash Injures Three Dozen in N.J.
Was Hitler's evil so inescapable?
Hat tips: Wiggins, OpinionJournal
February 6, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:49 PM
There are a few products I find myself boycotting for various reasons. It sometimes feels good to stick it to some company that has it coming, if only in the smallest way. Organized boycotts can even have a noticeable effect.
But there's a downside. Boycotts can degenerate into petty spitefulness and even self-parody. For example, the righteous refusal of freegans to buy anything they regard as ideologically tainted has led them to boycott everything. Consequently they have to root around in the garbage for food.
Maybe it's better to emphasize the positive, by taking part in anti-boycotts.
Considering that Denmark is currently being subjected to boycotts as punishment for not imposing sharia on its journalists, this is an excellent time to anti-boycott any product of that fine country. You can find a list at History News Network. Make a small contribution to staving off dhimmitude by drinking Carlsberg or Tuborg beer and buying your kids something from LEGO.
You can also feel good about shopping at Sears, which Snopes.com confirms treats military reservists right:
Sears is indeed one of the employers who take additional steps to show support for employees involved in serving their country by guaranteeing the continuance of their civilian pay (for up to 24 months) and health benefits (indefinitely). Many other companies, large and small, do the same for their workers, but as one of the nation's oldest and largest employers, Sears gets the publicity for setting a prominent example.
Unfortunately Sears doesn't seem to sell Carlsberg.
Hat tips: Byron, Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:38 PM
It looks like the folks at Democrats.com need to adjust the antennas on their tinfoil hats for better reception, because the signals they've been receiving have led them astray. One of these proud members of the reality-based community recently predicted that the sinister Karl Rove would launch a 9/11-type attack on yesterday's Steelers–Seahawks matchup.
[H]ow better to manufacture a war than to manufacture a terrorist attack on the Super Bowl right while the whole world is watching — and blame it on Iran?
If a terrorist attack had occurred at Ford Field, the Democratic Party's base would now have proof positive that Muslim terrorism is just another one of Bush's infamous lies, fed to him by Karl Rove for purposes so hideous as to defy comprehension.
With thanks to V the K.
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:38 AM
February 3: In the UK, a Muslim demonstrating outside the Danish embassy over the bland cartoons British newspapers don't have the spine to republish:
Small wonder Muslims and moonbats work so well together. Both groups belong in caves. The futility of trying to reason with either is self-evident.
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
What's great about multiculturalism is that it celebrates the value of all cultures, right?
At a "multicultural assembly" at a high school in Missouri, a student intrigued by his family's Southern heritage raised the Confederate flag during a presentation of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."
Although his intention was simply to assert that Southern culture ought to be honored like any other, he was removed from the assembly and has not yet been allowed back to school.
Hat tip: Tongue Tied
February 5, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 4:28 PM
Patients who want to harm themselves could be given clean blades and advice on where to cut, under plans drawn up by nurses' leaders. ... Senior nurses working with mental health patients have drawn up the proposals for "safe self-harm" to be debated in April by the Royal College of Nursing. ... If the nurses' proposals are adopted, patients could be taken to a safe place where they would be watched and given advice while they cut themselves.
The RCN's mental health adviser Ian Hulatt observes,
There is a clear comparison with giving clean needles to reduce HIV.
Yes, as V the K pointed out, both are excellent examples of loopy liberal policies enabling destructive behavior.
But Jeremy Bore, vice-chairman of the RCN's prison forum, thinks it's a great idea:
My instinct is that it is better to sit with the patient and talk to them while they are self-harming. We should definitely give advice on safer parts of the body to cut.
It could get to the state where we could have a discussion with the patient about how deep the cuts were going to be, and how many.
It looks like the spirit of egalitarianism that underlies Britain's socialized medicine has led to the lunatics running the asylums.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:24 AM
While Prince Charles dresses up like an Arab and lobbies the USA on behalf of Islam, Denmark's Queen Margrethe II proves that sanity and character can still be found among European royalty. She makes some highly sensible remarks in her official biography:
We are being challenged by Islam these years — globally as well as locally. It is a challenge we have to take seriously. We have let this issue float about for too long because we are tolerant and lazy.
We have to show our opposition to Islam and we have to, at times, run the risk of having unflattering labels placed on us because there are some things for which we should display no tolerance.
And when we are tolerant, we must know whether it is because of convenience or conviction.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 9:46 AM
While Muslim goons around the world try to dictate to Denmark what it can publish in its newspapers, the imposition of their barbaric religion on the entire world proceeds more quietly in New York City, where politically correct fifth columnists work to suppress Christianity while upholding Islam.
A federal appeals court has ruled that it's fine for NYC Public Schools to ban nativity scenes at Christmas time, while permitting the Islamic star and crescent during Ramadan. The ruling is based on the absurd notion that the star and crescent symbol is "secular," as opposed to "purely religious" nativity scenes. Jewish menorahs during Hanukkah are also given "secular" status and are not forbidden by our black-robed rulers.
February 4, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 5:57 PM
Muslims have now used the pretext of the mild Danish cartoons they don't like to set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria. Their point is clear: they want us to acknowledge their authority to tell us what we can and cannot say in our own publications.
For civilization — ours or any other deserving of the word — to coexist on the same planet as Islam, it must be made very clear that we will stand our ground. Once the day comes that Muslims dictate to us what we can publish, it will be only a matter of time before European and American civilization join once-great civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, and Byzantium in the list of those that have been annihilated by this cancer.
If our souls have been so eaten away by liberalism that we choose not to resist, our grand-daughters if not our daughters will grow up in a culture where it is common to be stoned to death for the crime of having been raped — a culture that worships a child-raping brigand "prophet" who commanded them to behave this way.
We still hold the upper hand over these barbarians. If we lose it, it will only be because we failed to get the better of the "progressive" elements within our own culture that want to see civilization laid low.
Posted by Dave Blount at 10:17 AM
In the most sickening exhibition of cringing submission before Islamic bullying our government has displayed since Jimmy Carter was in office, the State Department has actually sided with the maniacal barbarians who openly advocate the destruction of our civilization against Europeans who feel that maybe Middle Eastern savages shouldn't have final say over what we can publish in our newspapers.
As al Reuters approvingly notes, this despicable treachery "could help America's battered image in the Islamic world." If our image among barbarian thugs still living in the Sixth Century is more important than our self-respect and cultural self-preservation, I suppose Foggy Bottom's Kurtis Cooper was correct to snivel this:
These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims... We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable.
No Kurtis, cravenly surrendering to people like this is not acceptable:
Here's an al Reuters observation that ought to send you running for the bathroom with your hand over your mouth:
The United States, which before the September 11 attacks was criticized for insensitivity to the Islamic culture, has become more attuned to Muslim sensibilities.
If you're Christian, you just have to put up with crucifixes submerged in urine and pornographic Madonnas clotted with elephant crap. But Muslims have it better. All they need to do is kill 3,000 innocent people by hijacking our planes and flying them into our buildings and they get instant respect from both our State Department and our media.
The Washington Compost, which had no problem publishing this:
Here are the cartoons that Muslims think warrant a kidnapping campaign, that the State Department thinks warrant stabbing Europeans in the back right when they're starting to show some spine, and that our "elite" media is too cowardly and contemptibly politically correct to republish:
Pretty mild, huh? If you were hoping for something stronger, check out Aaron's CC.
A little context on the pictures above:
The cartoon series appearing on this page that sparked a global controversy was commissioned and published by a Danish newspaper as a deliberate challenge to Muslim insistence that their religious feelings must be given special consideration.
The drawings were commissioned by the Jyllands-Posten (Jutland's Post) to accompany an article on self-censorship and freedom of speech after Danish writer Kare Bluitgen was unable failed to find artists willing to illustrate his children's book about Mohammed for fear of violent attacks by extremist Muslims.
Obviously if we let Muslims tell us what we can publish and what we can't, Ibrahim Hooper at the terrorist front group CAIR will be a busy man, because it will soon be necessary to clear each article with him before it sees print (kind of like what they apparently do with episodes of 24).
Civilization has been at war with Islam for about 1,500 years. The war may experience lulls, but it will not end until one side or the other has been defeated — that's Islamic dogma. Give Muslims credit for one thing — they don't beat themselves by giving ground. So we can't afford to either.
Our ancestors fought valiantly for centuries to preserve civilization from the onslaught of Islam. I hope they can't see what some of us have degenerated into.
February 3, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:22 PM
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we owe a gracious thanks to Turkey, whose film industry is following the lead of our own Hollywood in its over-the-top America-bashing. AP reports that Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, the most expensive Turkish movie ever made, will feature scenes that would make Michael Moore proud.
American soldiers shoot up a little boy in front of his mother. After storming a wedding and shooting people right and left, Americans drag whoever's left alive off to Abu Ghraib, where a Jewish American doctor cuts out their organs to sell to rich Westerners. You get the idea.
Billy Zane and Gary Busey star as evil Americans, a role that should keep Hollywood agents fielding more overseas calls than al Qaeda operatives.
The film will be distributed in a number of countries, including the USA. I can hardly wait to read the NY Times' glowing review.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:00 PM
There is good news and bad news for the Civil Rights movement. The good news is: it accomplished its objectives. The bad news: it's still around, and having no legitimate purpose anymore, has degenerated into the most disrespectful self-parody imaginable, as personified by NAACP Chairman Julian Bond.
At a speech at Fayetteville State University last night, Bond opened his mouth wide enough to fit both feet inside. The rhetoric was so cartoonish, you would almost have to be a professional comedian to deliver it with a straight face. The Republicans are Nazis. The blacks who have held positions of great responsibility within the Bush Administration are "tokens." Bush is a liar who kills people. His judicial nominees are just like the Taliban. Et cetera.
As WorldNetDaily reports,
The talk so infuriated at least one black family in attendance among the 900 in the auditorium that they got up and walked out in protest.
"He went on and on name calling," said Lee Wilson. "I walked out in the middle of his speech with my wife and three kids"
It's not terribly surprising that Bond chooses not to be aware that the civil rights struggles of the 50s and 60s ended successfully. As of 2001, when he accused Bush's Cabinet officials of being "near canine" in their "devotion to the Confederacy," he didn't seem to have gotten word about the Civil War having ended.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:41 AM
Fox News reports that the ACLU has once again come to the rescue:
Four Wisconsin inmates have turned to the ACLU to help them fight a newly enacted state law that would keep them from receiving treatment for their rare medical disorder. Their condition? "Gender Identity Disorder," which is treated with hormone injections to develop female characteristics.
The law prohibiting tax dollars from being used to fund hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery took effect last week, but the inmates say cutting off their treatment amounts to "cruel and unusual punishment" and violates their right to equal protection under the law.
A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against the state, meaning the inmates will continue their taxpayer-funded transition to womanhood at least until the next hearing in August.
It sure would be awful to be a woman trapped in a man's body. But then, as TLA has pointed out on The Dick List:
Many women argue that the trans-sexuals are not, in fact, women, but rather creepy men with mental issues.
Though no drugs or surgery will ever make a man into a woman, modern medicine can be employed to make them into freaks. This isn't likely to help anyone come to terms with their psychiatric problems — but I wouldn't want to question the government's ability to spend my money more wisely than I could.
February 2, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 8:57 PM
Two of the more perceptive minds on the right saw the same thing when they watched President Bush's State of the Union address the other night: the dissolution of the Democratic Party.
Tony Blankley notes what might have been a defining moment in this once great party's decline: when the Dems leaped to their feet and wildly applauded after Bush referred to the failure of Social Security reform to survive their obstructionism. The party of "reactionary inertia" as Blankley calls it showed that not only does it have no solutions, it takes a petulant pride in preventing those who do from implementing them.
Social Security has always been sacred to Democrats. Now they will subject it to ruin rather than let a Republican try to save it. If they don't even believe in keeping Social Security alive, what do they stand for? Abortion, perversion, festering hatred of normal Americans — does that constitute a platform?
The threat of Islamic terrorism is even more obvious than the demographic disaster looming in Social Security's path. Yet Dems won't acknowledge that either, in any serious way — or even refrain from obstructing those who will.
But not satisfied to be a head in the sand, reflexively negative opposition party, an increasing number of Democrats and their supporters in the leftish fever swamps have started calling for President Bush's impeachment.
While I haven't seen any polls yet on the subject, I would guess that something less than 10 percent of the American voting public would look forward to seeing the last two years of the Bush presidency consumed with a Democratic Party-controlled Congress trying to impeach the president during a time of war.
Somehow the Democratic Party — for 180 years the most electorally successful political party on the planet — has now almost completely mutated into a party too loathsome to be seen in public, and too nihilistic to be trusted with control of even a single branch of government.
After remarking on Shrillary's failure to wipe the evil look off her face when the cameras inevitably zoomed in on her after W made a friendly joke about Bush 41's relationship with Slick Willy, Peggy Noonan writes:
Maybe she knew the habitués of the Daily Kos, and other leftwing Web sites, were watching. Conservatives are always writing about the strains and stresses within the Republican Party, and they are real. But the Democratic Party seems to be near imploding, and for that most humiliating of reasons: its meaninglessness. Republicans are at least arguing over their meaning.
The venom is bubbling on websites like Kos, where Tuesday afternoon, after the Alito vote, various leftists wrote in such comments as "F--- our democratic leaders," "Vichy Democrats" and "F--- Mary Landrieu, I hope she drowns." The old union lunch-pail Democrats are dead, the intellects of the Kennedy and Johnson era retired or gone, and this — I hope she drowns — seems, increasingly, to be the authentic voice of the Democratic base.
How will a sane, stable, serious Democrat get the nomination in 2008 when these are the activists to whom the appeal must be made?
Republicans have crazies. All parties do. But in the case of the Democrats — the leader of their party, after all, is the unhinged Howard Dean — the lunatics seem increasingly to be taking over the long-term health-care facility. Great parties die this way, or show that they are dying.
The Democratic Party is a leaky ship on a course for Niagara Falls — and no one on their side of the aisle looks likely to wrest the wheel from the crazies to steer a saner course.
Posted by Dave Blount at 2:04 PM
The next time drooling idiots from the entertainment industry start to wax eloquent on the glories of the Castro regime, they might want to check to be sure Helena Houdova isn't in the audience. Along with psychologist Mariana Kroftova, Houdova was recently detained by Cuban police while taking photographs of a slum in Havana.
The Czech Foreign Ministry is far from satisfied with Cuba's explanation for their arrest, publicly asserting that Castro's dictatorship "clearly violated international law."
Houdova is one of those rare and precious beautiful people whose social activism is not a self-serving posture. Being from a country that recently managed to free itself from the earthly hell that is communism, she has focused on helping handicapped children, rather than spewing trendy lies about the benefits of left-wing dictatorships.
She went to Cuba with the intention of finding how her Sunflower foundation could help children there, specifically orphans, the handicapped, and those afflicted with AIDS. Unfortunately she found that assistance is very difficult to provide through official means, because the authorities refuse to admit that there are any problems.
Now that she is back from Tartarus, Houdova plans to display some of the pictures she took of Havana's wretched slums. The secret police stole her film, but she also had a memory card with digital images that she managed to hide in her brassiere. That the Cuban police apparently didn't think to look there proves that there is something profoundly wrong with Castro's regime.
While she wasn't cooling her heels in jail, she did more than take pictures:
Houdova said her meetings with dissidents, the wives of political prisoners, as well as with ordinary Cubans during her ten-day stay in Cuba made her recollect her childhood in Communist Czechoslovakia.
She also "personally ascertained the pathetic situation in several Cuban hospitals," a task the useful idiots in our media who constantly extol Cuban healthcare have evidently never gotten around to.
Hat tip: Lucianne.com
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:47 AM
In yet another appalling example of political correctness serving as cover for attacks on Christianity, the Evangelical Christian Union has been kicked off the campus of Birmingham University because it refused to amend its constitution to allow non-Christians or atheists to become voting members.
Although all students are welcome to attend their meetings, the Union — being a Christian organization — restricts membership to people who profess faith in Jesus Christ.
This same sort of discrimination is often seen on football teams that restrict membership to football players, and choirs who won't let you join if you're not willing to sing.
I'll quote this next part verbatim from CNSNews.com so that no one thinks I'm making it up:
The union also objected to demands to remove the words "men" and "women" from its charter in order not to offend transsexuals.
You just don't know whether to laugh or throw up.
February 1, 2006
Posted by Dave Blount at 7:44 PM
Anyone who would sic a racist hurricane on the black folks of New Orleans, who is ten times more of a terrorist than Osama bin Laden, and who rudely listens in on al Qaeda phone calls is capable of just about anything:
Compliments of Wiggins.
Posted by Dave Blount at 1:35 PM
As you've probably heard, the appalling Cindy Sheehan got herself arrested at last night's State of the Union address after attempting to disrupt it with one of her tasteless stunts.
You might wonder what she was doing there in the first place. Not only was it obvious that this vile woman would use the opportunity to pull a cheap publicity stunt, but her very presence at the State of the Union was the equivalent of letting a pig into church during Mass.
But apparently they had to let her in, as she was invited by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), a woman who must have no problem with obnoxious public theatrics, as she is closely associated with Code Pink, a group known for trashing recruiting offices and taunting wounded soldiers, in addition to raising funds for terrorists.
It's to be expected that every society has a layer of scum at its very bottom. Nothing can be expected of people at this level but the absolute worst of which humans uninhibited by honor, decency, or even sanity are capable. In American society, this layer comprises vermin like Cindy Sheehan and the kooks at Code Pink.
What's disturbing is that the line between elected Democratic officials and this layer of scum gets blurrier with every passing day.
Hat tip: Michelle Malkin
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:59 AM
County supervisors nixed bringing the legendary WWII battleship Iowa to San Francisco as a tourist attraction, thereby taking a bold stand against the War on Terror, as well as the military's failure to promote homosexuality. But they might give the idea a second chance, now that advocates are promising to pair it with a privately funded dockside museum devoted to memorializing minorities in the military — with an apparent emphasis not on ethnic but on sexual minorities:
"Our feeling was that this would make it a better fit for San Francisco," said Jim Maloney, director of the Military Education Initiative, a group that supports the lifting of restrictions on gays in the military. "Adding in the component of LGBT service would be obviously quite unique," he said.
LGBT means lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. Yes, a museum dedicated to transgender troops would be (hopefully) quite unique — and certainly a good fit for San Francisco.
The plan would also entail an "annual peace symposium" being held on the Iowa — no doubt providing an excellent opportunity for liberal blowhards to bash the military from one of the ships used to secure their freedom.
The gay angle is actually a little bit relevant with the Iowa. In 1989, a shipboard explosion allegedly set off by a sailor who was in the dumps over a failed gay relationship killed 47 crew members.
Says Maloney: "That's a story that deserves to be told."
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 11:17 AM
The anti-Israeli Israelis at Haaretz.com aren't the only characters on the Left that don't have a problem with fundamentalist Islamic terrorists taking control of the Palestinian Authority. Jimmy Carter, who was spreading the good word about the "so-called terrorists" who make up Hamas even before the election, emphasizes that this sociopathic organization isn't corrupt.
They set off bombs on buses and in pizza parlors with the idea of killing as many innocent civilians as possible — and their election gives them a mandate to do more of the same. But the important thing is that according to Jimbo, they aren't corrupt — at least not compared to Yasser Arafat, who stole millions upon millions that were intended as aide for the Palestinian people.
We can now rest assured that rather than squirreling away aide money in Swiss bank accounts, Palestinian leaders will diligently spend it on nail bombs to rip apart Jewish schoolchildren. It must warm Carter's heart to see this kind of progress.
Hat tip: Wiggins
Posted by Dave Blount at 6:45 AM
Shrillary Clinton's efforts to reclaim the affections of the lunatic Left are becoming embarrassingly desperate. Not only did she join the pathetic campaign to filibuster the supremely qualified Samuel Alito, she has now officially joined the Tinfoil Hat Brigade by hysterically charging that W's failure to have New Orleans rebuilt already is the result of a Rovian conspiracy. The New York Sun reports:
SAN FRANCISCO — Senator Clinton told a largely friendly audience here Saturday night that the slow pace of government-sponsored reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina was the result of a deliberate decision by the Bush administration and may have been motivated by a desire to discourage Democratic voters from returning to the devastated region.
"I think that basically we are now watching a deliberate policy of neglect take root," Mrs. Clinton said during an appearance at a fund-raiser for legal services charities. "It is deeply troubling for any American to believe that your government would abandon such a huge part of our country and such an important part of our history."
Mrs. Clinton said she suspected that the assignment of President Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, to oversee the relief effort indicated that political mischief was afoot. "Cynical minds might suggest that the destruction of the Democratic vote in Louisiana was a mixed blessing. If you rebuild New Orleans, all those Democrats might come home," she said during a 90-minute public interview conducted on an auditorium stage by a former television host, Jane Pauley.
As OpinionJournal points out:
Wouldn't it be more cynical to rebuild portions of New Orleans that are below sea level and thus leave "all those Democrats" vulnerable to natural devastation, all for the sake of keeping them on the Democratic plantation?